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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Battle Lines: '86 World Series - Mets vs. Red Sox

ESPN Classic presents Battle Lines, a series of one-hour journeys, hosted by Rich Eisen, that chronicle the greatest sports events in history. Each episode will focus on the plays, the personalities and the perspectives that have made these events so momentous.

ESPN Classic
Battle Lines
The 1986 World Series
Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. ET

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  • While this episode explores Game 6 of the 1986 World Series and the infamous Bill Buckner flub, it's a show about so much more. It's an hour-long journey that explores the history of the curse of the Bambino, the perpetually tortured Boston fan, the brash, ego-driven Mets, the NLCS and ALSC (Donnie Moore), the series itself and of course the memorable Game 6. Further more, we will explore how the lives of so many people connected to this series would ultimately come undone.

    Classic moment
    Oct. 25, 1986: The Boston Red Sox are trying to rid themselves of the Curse of the Bambino. They have not won a World Series since trading Babe Ruth to the Yankees after the 1919 season, but it appears the curse is about to end tonight.

    ESPN Classic
    Sunday, Oct. 28
    All times Eastern
    11 a.m. - '86 World Series, Game 6: Red Sox @ Mets
    7 p.m. - Battle Lines:
    The 1986 World Series
    Boston is one out away from winning its first Series since 1918, holding a two-run lead with two outs and nobody on base in the 10th inning in Game 6. But the Mets get three consecutive singles to make it 5-4. Bob Stanley relieves and third-base coach Bud Harrelson tells Kevin Mitchell, the runner on third, "He might throw a wild pitch. Be ready." Stanley does, and the game is tied.

    Mookie Wilson then hits a routine grounder to first base, but the ball goes under Bill Buckner's glove and into right field as Ray Knight scores to give the Mets an incredible 6-5 victory.

    "I can't remember the last time I missed a ball like that," says the sore-legged Buckner, who usually is replaced for defensive purposes by manager John McNamara. "But I'll remember this one." So will all Boston fans.

    Right fielder Dwight Evans says, "I don't believe in curses, or ghosts, or magic spells, but I'm beginning to." The Mets will win Game 7 two nights later.

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